Thursday, 31 July 2014

Make a Kite


Kites are a cheap and easy way to while away an afternoon. You wouldn't believe how much enjoyment my children (and the grown ups!) get from watching a little square of plastic soar above the rooftops! There's a real sense of achievement from actually making the thing fly, but it's actually not that hard. The smaller and lighter the kite is, the easier it will fly, which is why I always buy really cheap kites. It also has the added advantage of not being the end of the world if they get lost or end up stuck in a tree. If you don't have access to a cheap purveyor of kites (such as Poundland) or need one in a hurry, it's pretty easy to make one. This is my husband's 'recipe', just in case you think I am the owner of those hairy hands!

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Family Life with Sensory Processing Disorder (Guest Post)

There follows a guest post from my lovely friend Emma, who has kindly agreed to write, in her own words, about her experience of a condition that affects up to one in twenty children, to varying degrees. I think she's amazing and I hope her story will encourage other families facing similar challenges. 

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Sunday Photo; Messing About in a Wheelbarrow

Two chidren palying in a wheelbarrow.
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Bloglovin'

Can you believe I'm not on Bloglovin'? Apparently, according to my wiser blogging friends, this is a travesty and should be corrected. Which sounds like a good excuse for a new competition! If you would be so kind as to hop over to the Giveaway Tab and give The Parent Game some Bloglovin' love, you could be rewarded with some awesome Muppet goodies! In the meantime, I have been ordered by the Bloglovin people to post this link on my blog in order to activate my shiny new account.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin and don't forget to enter the competition!
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A Holiday Memory (sort of!)

Nothing's ever straight forward with me, is it? I can't just write a holiday memory, I just have to make it complicated! It's basically because we haven't had a holiday since 2010, and that was with my Dad. We haven't been on holiday where it's been just us, as a family, for eight or nine years, I can't quite remember. It's mainly a financial issue, along with my husband's tricky working hours. As much as I feel horribly guilty about that, it's not all bad news. My chidren have an advantage that a lot of others don't have. We live in some of the best countryside the UK has to offer.
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Monday, 14 July 2014

Sensible Censorship: Young Adult Literature

Open book on a forest floorI've been reading a lot lately about censorship and children's books. Censorship is an issue around the world and Young Adult fiction features prominently, accounting for six of the ten most challenged titles last year alone. As always, with any healthy debate, there are arguments for both sides. Literature is an important part of our culture and a valuable tool to allow young people to share in other people's experiences and develop a more rounded view of the world. Also, censorship in general is something that should be considered very carefully. Do we have the right to dictate what young people can, or can't, read?
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Julie is Raising Money for Matilda Mae!

I have a good friend, named Julie Roo
She's jumping out of a plane, what a fun thing to do!
But it's not just for fun, it's an important day,
Because she's raising money for Matilda Mae.

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My Sunday Photo; The Moon From my Window

The moon viewed through an upstairs window
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Sunday Photo; This is Wheely Good Fun!

The Human Hamster Wheel at At-Bristol
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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Easy Peasy Cake for Baking Emergencies!

Chocolate iced cake
We have all encountered a baking emergency at some stage in our lives, it's a thing. I'm not making it up! These are the kind of emergencies I mean; 'Mum, it's bake sale day at school tomorrow' 'Don't forget it's the husband's/sister's/dogs birthday on Saturday', Happy Anniversary, Darling!' That kind of emergency! Or, there's the other kind of cake-based drama, which is a more hormonal kind; BRING ME CAKE NOW!!! Either way, this cake is low on ingredients and high on efficiency, so you can have your cakey fix quicker than ever!
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

What Has Happened To The NHS?

Southmead HospitalI have always been very understanding of our Government-run services. I am fully aware that it's a difficult job, with limited budgets that have to be shared out amongst, often equally deserving, candidates, but I am becoming increasingly bemused by the lack of common sense involved in serving the most basic needs of our nation. Take, for example, something as simple as a GP appointment. This is no criticism of the staff I see, they all do their best, but there is something very wrong with the current system at my surgery. I have long term medical needs and these are the hoops I have to jump through, in order to see my doctor;
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Monday, 7 July 2014

Lazy Eggs Brunch

My son is very interested in cooking and has been helping me in the kitchen for quite a few years now. It has always been quite important to me, however, that he learns about cooking more complex recipes and actual meals, instead of just making cakes. So when he suggested this easy ham and egg recipe, I was very keen for him to have a go. I want him to learn that cooking meals can be fun and doesn't have to be difficult, just like making cakes. The beauty of this recipe is that he can make it more or less independently. It's very cheap, with just four ingredients, so would make a perfect nutritious meal for a student who is learning to cook.
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Saturday, 5 July 2014

The Techy Mega-Giveaway!


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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Juice Plus, A Sceptic's Perspective


Juice Plus ProductsRecently, a few of my friends have been extolling the virtues of Juice Plus, so I thought I'd try some, to see what all the fuss was about. I will admit, I decided to try it before I'd really investigated the process properly, but once I'd committed, I just had to see it through! Read on, to find out how I got on and what I learned about myself. 
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